Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

Academic journal article Rural Educator

From the Editor

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This issue of The Rural Educator brings a new look to the journal and represents an important transition for the principal publication of the National Rural Education Association. I am pleased to be assuming the editorship of The Rural Educator and am honored by this appointment from the NREA Executive Board.

The Rural Educator is a vital publication for rural and small schools. In the last decade, the population of rural America increased by more than ten percent. Almost one-third of schools in the United States are located in rural communities with less than 2,500 people. In 2004, America's public education is a top priority among federal, state, and local lawmakers and policymakers. More importantly, public education is of utmost concern to America's citizens. Many reform efforts today take on a "one-size-fits-all" approach, failing to take into account unique needs and specific community contexts. But America is synonymous with diversity. Her vast geography encompasses urban metropolises, suburban sprawl, small cities and towns, rural farmland, and isolated stretches of desert, forested, and mountainous regions. …

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